Dear Marie

Album: Paradise Valley (2013)
  • Mayer explained during a Live on Letterman performance that this song was partly inspired by the Internet. "It's weird to have a technology reference in a song. Everyone goes looking online for their first love... to see what they look like now," he said. "We still look back and that's what this song is about."
  • The simple acoustic Blues tune is an account of Mayer's vain attempts to track down his high-school sweetheart online. "I'm not the only person to say it, but in some ways you're forever the age you were when you first got famous," he told The Independent. "And there was really only one girl I ever went out with before things got complicated by my holding a guitar onstage."
  • Marie is a real person, but she has a different name.


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